Wren Large - 2020
Wrens were voted the UK's fourth favourite bird, behind the robin, barn owl and blackbird, in a poll to name Britain's National Bird.
Wren Large 2020 is one of several bird sculptures that Hamish made during lockdown, from observing Britain's native fauna in his garden. Along with Robin 2020, Nuthatch 2020 and Wren 2020, this sculpture was inspired by the regular visitors to the bird feeder outside Hamish's office.
The wren is a tiny brown bird, with a rounded body, a fine bill, longish legs and very short wings. It tends to hold its narrow tail cocked up vertically. It is well known for having a remarkably loud voice for such a tiny bird.
Hamish has created this bronze wren sculpture to be approximately seven times life size, making it large enough to hold its ground internally or externally. It has been made to be a striking focal point in a garden but could also be a freestanding table top piece.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
During lockdown, inspiration had to be found nearer to hand than some of my more usual research. I have a bird feeder right outside my office and love watching our resident birds. The wren, who I found living in my shed, was almost impossible to photograph - they are tiny and very difficult to study.